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Initial release1 March 2018 (2018-03-01)
Stable release
1.22.20322056 / 15 January 2021; 2 years ago (2021-01-15)[1]
Operating systemAndroid
PlatformAndroid 7.0 and later

ARCore, also known as Google Play Services for AR, is a software development kit developed by Google that allows for augmented reality applications to be built.

ARCore uses three key technologies to integrate virtual content with the real world as seen through the camera of a smartphone or tablet:[2]

  • Six degrees of freedom allows the phone to understand and track its position relative to the world.
  • Environmental understanding allows the phone to detect the size and location of flat horizontal surfaces like the ground or a coffee table.
  • Light estimation allows the phone to estimate the environment's current lighting conditions.

ARCore has been integrated into a multitude of devices.[3]


  1. ^ "Google Play Services for AR APKs". APKMirror.
  2. ^ Amadeo, Ron (29 August 2017). "Google's ARCore brings augmented reality to millions of Android devices". Ars Technica. Condé Nast. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  3. ^ "ARCore supported devices". Google Inc. Retrieved 23 February 2020.

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